An Act of Dog - Museum of Compassion

An Act of Dog - Museum of Compassion One Man Paints 5500 Shelter Dogs, using art for social change.

"Artists have a powerful medium for reporting on the consciousness of our current civilization and can paint visual records of the unpalatable realities of our time. The aim is to move the viewer to feel those realities and engage them in a dialogue for change." ~ AAOD Mission We are paving two parallel pathways: cultivating compassion for animals and raising funds through the sale of our fine art products to give back to rescue groups across the nation, and working with schools to show kids how to use their art for social change. Creativity is as important as literacy, yet we are educating our youth out of their creative capacities. Picasso said- "All children are born artists." He understood that creativity cultivates original ideas that have value. The creative process connects us to what matters and what lights us up, and it helps us enjoy our lives, instead of enduring our lives. We envision the 5500 portraits of shelter dogs in a working/interactive museum, where kids will come to create for an animal cause or other social injustices they are passionate about, turn their art into a product and build social campaigns to raise money and awareness for change. Kids are the unwrapped gifts of our future, and we believe that it is critically important to put meaningful art back into schools to allow them the process of self-discovery and to ignite a desire to become informed about the atrocities in society and to use their creativity to bring them into the light.

Mission: Fronting the revolution for compassionate solutions.

Imagine this...Daisy was sitting alone in her cage and along came a familiar shelter worker. She thinks, yay, I am going...
04/30/2020

Imagine this...Daisy was sitting alone in her cage and along came a familiar shelter worker. She thinks, yay, I am going out for a walk and get to play. As she gets closer to the end of the cages and sees that they've gone past the play door, she notices an offensive smell and her heart begins to pound as she recognizes the scent of death. She starts to scream and tug away from the worker who is about to betray her and take her life away. Powerless to do anything, she takes one last look up into their eyes and begs for mercy.

Daisy, was one of the 5500 shelter dogs whose lives were taken away...because that mercy never came.

Belong to our 5500 collector's circle and bring one into your loving home for them to finally know love. Near a $1 a day!
https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-55

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Adam W.:"Wonderful piece!! A wonderful visual - Wonderful piece!! A wonderful visual piece of a...
04/30/2020
Bambi ~ Adopt To Find True Love Giclée Dog Print

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Adam W.:

"Wonderful piece!! A wonderful visual - Wonderful piece!! A wonderful visual piece of art which helped save a life!! LOVE TO SEE A LIFE SAVED!! PRECIOUS SAVED LIFE!!"

https://anactofdog.org/products/bambi

Our new print of Bambi "Adopt- To Find True Love" is of one of the dogs that we recently helped to save from being destroyed by a shelter in Miami-Dade. It is a beautiful and stirring, fine art reproduction (not an inferior poster) as a Giclée Print. It's dog art with heart! Pick from our selection...

Our "Sacred Souls" is a stunning, fine art reproduction (not an inferior poster) as a Giclée Print, with 83 gorgeous dog...
04/30/2020

Our "Sacred Souls" is a stunning, fine art reproduction (not an inferior poster) as a Giclée Print, with 83 gorgeous dog portraits that include lots of different breeds from our 5500 wall of compassion project. It's dog art with heart! SHOPPING AND SHARING HELPS US CONTINUE OUR WORK! ORDER HERE: https://anactofdog.org/collections/shop-products/products/sacred-souls

Right now, 5500 portraits of forgotten souls sit alone in a cold, dark storage locker, wondering if their lives ever mat...
04/29/2020

Right now, 5500 portraits of forgotten souls sit alone in a cold, dark storage locker, wondering if their lives ever mattered.

You can change that by opening up your heart & home and belonging to our collector's circle ...for as little as a $1-a day!

Angels, click here to own one or more of the 5500 paintings from the Collection and give these souls a permanent home: https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Kendra M.:"Bruce. I never received anything - I plan to continue to purchase these beautiful pr...
04/29/2020
Donation-Bruce

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Kendra M.:

"Bruce. I never received anything - I plan to continue to purchase these beautiful prints! I love them. Sad I didn’t receive anything regarding Bruce. His face started my purchases and donations to your organization. I love What you do"

https://anactofdog.org/products/donate-shelter-dogs-25

Bruce was brought in to the shelter as a stray. His life had obviously been hard, as evidenced by scars all over him and his emaciated body. Animal advocates in Rowan Co. tried to get the shelter to release Bruce on a medical foster so he could be taken to a vet. (Rowan Co. Animal Shelter has no vet...

04/29/2020

Social Expressionist artist, Mark Barone has paved the way by creating a stirring collection of 5500 portraits of shelter dogs, (illustrating the approximate number destroyed everyday) and works with his partner, Marina Dervan, to run their charity (An Act of Dog) that's using the power of art for social change. PBS filmed their journey! https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500

Sophia, a beautiful bully breed, was dumped by her family and went into in a desperate panic when she was handed her ove...
04/29/2020

Sophia, a beautiful bully breed, was dumped by her family and went into in a desperate panic when she was handed her over and realized they were never coming back for her. Sophia cried for her family during the final three days of her life before they needlessly killed her. (2/19/2013).
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is killing millions of these precious souls every year, with many states refusing to overturn their ban and others covertly killing them first, under the guise of "too aggressive to adopt out."
Visit Us: https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500

Right now, 5500 portraits of forgotten souls sit alone in a cold, dark storage locker, wondering if their lives ever mat...
04/29/2020

Right now, 5500 portraits of forgotten souls sit alone in a cold, dark storage locker, wondering if their lives ever mattered.

You can change that by opening up your heart & home and belonging to our collector's circle ...for as little as a $1-a day!

Angels, click here to own one or more of the 5500 paintings from the Collection: https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Tatjana B.:"Wonderful, amazing! Just this!!! - I love this wonderful and amazing kind of art (a...
04/28/2020
Sacred Souls - Giclée Dog Print

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Tatjana B.:

"Wonderful, amazing! Just this!!! - I love this wonderful and amazing kind of art (and charity)!!! I would support An Act Of Dog every time! ❤️ Thank you! ❤️"

https://anactofdog.org/products/sacred-souls

Our "Sacred Souls" is a stunning, fine art reproduction (not an inferior poster) as a Giclée Print, with 83 gorgeous dog portraits that include lots of different breeds from our 5500 wall of compassion project. It's dog art with heart! Comes personally signed by the artist, Mark Barone. 100% of pro...

Seeking Animal Angels!Right now, 5500 portraits of forgotten souls sit alone in a cold, dark storage locker, wondering i...
04/28/2020

Seeking Animal Angels!
Right now, 5500 portraits of forgotten souls sit alone in a cold, dark storage locker, wondering if their lives ever mattered. T

These souls never found a home when they were alive and you can change that by opening up your heart & home and belonging to our collector's circle...for as little as a $1-a day!

Angels, click here for more info: https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500

04/27/2020

In his studio, artist Mark Barone sets out to paint 5,500 portraits of the dogs he has discovered are euthanized every day in America. He painted 1400 days straight and during his journey he inspires students to use their creativity to save shelter animals! Be part of the exhibit here: https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500

Elvis was the 5499th shelter dog painting from the 5500 wall of compassion. He had no name, just a number,  and was dump...
04/27/2020

Elvis was the 5499th shelter dog painting from the 5500 wall of compassion. He had no name, just a number, and was dumped at the shelter and put in a cage with a dog who bit his paw. After separating them, they refused to give Elvis medical help and his paw got worse. Instead of calling in a medic for a minor injury, the pound director took out a gun and shot him twice in the head.

Elvis was especially painful for me to paint. It fills me with despair, knowing his life was so coldly extinguished, instead of him being adopted into a loving home.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~ MLK

Your donation will help towards our goal of protecting the abandoned animals and transforming our shelters to a compassionate model. Please visit us: https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500

Capture your Best Friend Forever. Have Master Painter and acclaimed PBS featured artist Mark Barone paint your best frie...
04/27/2020

Capture your Best Friend Forever. Have Master Painter and acclaimed PBS featured artist Mark Barone paint your best friend and let there memory live on forever!

Also, if you have lost your Best Friend we can incorporate their ashes into the work. NOW for a limited time we are giving 50% off 12" x 12" portraits and 30% off the larger sizes! 100% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE PORTRAITS GO TO CHARITY., SHOPPING AND SHARING HELPS US CONTINUE OUR WORK!
https://anactofdog.org/collections/animal-portraits

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Betty J.:"Halo - Halo is beautiful, just as I thought! I love what you are doing, Mark!!!!!"htt...
04/27/2020
Enchanting Halo-Dog Print

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Betty J.:

"Halo - Halo is beautiful, just as I thought! I love what you are doing, Mark!!!!!"

https://anactofdog.org/products/halo-dog-print

Enchanting "Halo" is a stunning, fine art reproduction (not an inferior poster) as a Giclée Print, and one of the dog portraits from our 5500 museum of compassion exhibit. It's dog art with heart! Comes personally signed by the artist, Mark Barone. 100% of proceeds are used to educate for change. P...

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Chie R.:"Good, necessary work being done by this wonderful group - It was my great pleasure to ...
04/26/2020
Donation ~ Lulu

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Chie R.:

"Good, necessary work being done by this wonderful group - It was my great pleasure to make a donation. Always wish I could do more!"

https://anactofdog.org/products/donation-lulu

Lulu was just a baby! Her mother was killed at the shelter, then, Lulu was left all alone as she wept for her mother. 72 hours later, she was dead, too. Their lives are not ours to take away. Thank you for caring and helping us to change the status quo.

04/25/2020

An Act of Dog - Mark Barone's journey to save shelter animals. It took him 4 years to paint portraits of 5500 shelter dogs. The number killed everyday in the U.S. Shelter System. This project now stands larger than Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel! Be part of the exhibition at the Collectors Circle: https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500

Isis-Daisy-killed, (10/30/2013) was a beautiful (deaf) boxer/dalmation mix that was killed by Bay County Animal Control,...
04/25/2020

Isis-Daisy-killed, (10/30/2013) was a beautiful (deaf) boxer/dalmation mix that was killed by Bay County Animal Control, Panama City, Fla. Her story was a double tragedy, because when her owner could no longer keep her, but did not want to turn her in to a high kill shelter, she posted Daisy on Craigs list and thought she had found a good home for her. Ten days after the new family adopted Isis-Daisy, they turned her in to the shelter. By the time the original owner found out, she was already dead.

Did you know that owner surrendered pets have to sign a waiver that gives the shelter the right to kill them immediately? They are often brought back when the family discovers that they need training, are messy like babies, or grow up to be much bigger than they expected.

With the right education and matchmaking, we can all be responsible parents for our pets and commit to a lifetime of love.
Collectors Circle: https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Daniel R.:"Awesome portrait - I love the portrait I received, its awesome! and money goes to a ...
04/25/2020
Custom Dog Portraits

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Daniel R.:

"Awesome portrait - I love the portrait I received, its awesome! and money goes to a great cause. Thanks for all you do"

https://anactofdog.org/products/commissioned-dog-cat-portraits-12x12

We believe dogs are special souls put here to teach us how to love unconditionally, protect each other, and be loyal and in-service to family/friends and community. Acclaimed artist, Mark Barone will paint your special dog friend/s so you'll have them with you forever! Mark has been painting for ove...

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Berry, K.:"100% Love and Support - Words cannot express the impact An Act of Dog has on me. As ...
04/24/2020
Lennox/ Ban BSL - Giclée Dog Print

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Berry, K.:

"100% Love and Support - Words cannot express the impact An Act of Dog has on me. As an animal lover and mother to multiple rescues, this speaks volumes to me. As a Pibble mom, I understand the stereotyping based on breed, therefore Lennox’s story hit close to home. BSL is unwarranted and has done absolutely nothing by it cause pain and suffering to the innocent: your representation of what he and his family endured says just that. Thank you for what you do and having such a good heart."

https://anactofdog.org/products/lennox

Lennox Ban BSL worldwide| Pit Bull awareness and compassion|

04/24/2020

Artist Mark Barone sets out to paint 5,500 portraits of the dogs that are euthanized every day in America. He painted 1400 days straight and during his journey he inspires students to use their creativity to save shelter animals! FULL PBS DOCUMENTARY: https://www.pbs.org/video/an-act-of-dog-o1fr7v/

Pooch was an older dog with a lot of life left and much love to give. How can we destroy a dog's life because they are g...
04/24/2020

Pooch was an older dog with a lot of life left and much love to give. How can we destroy a dog's life because they are getting old? Pooch was a family member for many years and then discarded without a thought to the terror she would feel as she lay in her cage shaking from fear and confusion. This is a sad reflection of our inhumanity and we are determined to educate the next generation about honoring our animal friends with a lifetime commitment. Help us to continue our work: anactofdog.org

ONLY 6 LEFT - LIMITED EDITION 100: Lennox's story stole everyone's heart across the world, and people protested to keep ...
04/24/2020

ONLY 6 LEFT - LIMITED EDITION 100: Lennox's story stole everyone's heart across the world, and people protested to keep him alive. Sadly, his life was put in the hands of inhumane council members and dog wardens, who lied and chose to kill him. BSL is killing dogs across the world, and it is up to us to come together to save them. Lennox's sacred soul lives on through all of us, asking us to lead the way for a worldwide ban on Breed Specific Legislation, (BSL).
ORDER: https://anactofdog.org/collections/shop-products/products/lennox

Seeking Animal Angels!Right now, 5500 portraits of forgotten souls sit alone in a cold, dark storage locker, wondering i...
04/24/2020

Seeking Animal Angels!
Right now, 5500 portraits of forgotten souls sit alone in a cold, dark storage locker, wondering if their lives ever mattered.

You can change that by opening up your heart & home and belonging to our collector's circle...for as little as a $1-a day!

Angels, click here for more info: https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500

04/24/2020

Social Expressionist artist, Mark Barone has paved the way by creating a stirring collection of 5500 portraits of shelter dogs, (illustrating the approximate number destroyed everyday) and works with his partner, Marina Dervan, to run their charity (An Act of Dog) that's using the power of art for social change. PBS filmed their journey! anactofdog.org

Leo, a beautiful black dog, was killed- (10/31/11) along with so many other black dogs, who are often the first to be ki...
04/24/2020

Leo, a beautiful black dog, was killed- (10/31/11) along with so many other black dogs, who are often the first to be killed or the last to be adopted. Black is beautiful, yet Leo was an example of the discrimination that effects both black dogs and cats in shelters.
"Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere." ~ MLK
https://anactofdog.org/collections/donate

OREO FINE ART PRINT. Oreo was a beautiful, one-year-old dog, thrown off the roof of a six-floor Brooklyn Apartment in 20...
04/24/2020

OREO FINE ART PRINT.
Oreo was a beautiful, one-year-old dog, thrown off the roof of a six-floor Brooklyn Apartment in 2009. (She had 2 broken legs and a fractured rib). The ASPCA nursed her back to health, raised funds to aid her recovery and named her the Miracle Dog.

Sadly, Ed Sayers, who was President at that time, tagged her as aggressive and decided to kill her, despite photographs depicting her as loving and passive. Even though NY Pets Alive Sanctuary came on board to rescue and rehabilitate her in their safe haven, and many other groups stepped up to help, they preferred to take her life away, rather than choosing compassion. He also aided the demise of legislation (Oreo's Law) that would have required shelters to adopt out to rescues before destroying; saving 25,000 NY animals a year!
PRINT: https://anactofdog.org/collections/shop-products/products/oreo-modern-dog-print

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Laurie H.:"It’s a Breautiful piece of art! - I was delighted that I was able to donate to this ...
04/23/2020
St. Roch ~ Patron Saint of Dogs

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Laurie H.:

"It’s a Breautiful piece of art! - I was delighted that I was able to donate to this cause, and think it will be even more important no that COVID-19 has struck."

https://anactofdog.org/products/st-roch-patron-saint-of-dogs-print

Enjoy this spiritual painting/print of St.Roch, the patron saint of dogs and dog lovers, and know that his own life was saved by a dog. He would have perished had it not been for a nobleman's dog who found him alone in the woods and supplied him with bread and licked his wounds, healing them. Person...

Seeking Animal Angels!Right now, 5500 portraits of forgotten souls sit alone in a cold, dark storage locker, wondering i...
04/22/2020

Seeking Animal Angels!
Right now, 5500 portraits of forgotten souls sit alone in a cold, dark storage locker, wondering if their lives ever mattered. T

These souls never found a home when they were alive and you can change that by opening up your heart & home and belonging to our collector's circle...for as little as a $1-a day!

Angels, click here for more info: https://anactofdog.org/pages/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from taylor:"WILD HORSES - I love your causes. Im a wild horse advocate and am honored to have yourp...
04/22/2020
Horse Print

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from taylor:

"WILD HORSES - I love your causes. Im a wild horse advocate and am honored to have your
print. Im spreading the word about you:-) I love how you capture the spirit of your subjects. THANK YOU for what you do!"

https://anactofdog.org/products/horse-trading-giclee-print

Get our beautiful and poignant fine art print and support the amazing work of two worthy Horse Sanctuaries/Rescues with 60% of your purchase donated to them. Engler Canyon Ranch~The Serengeti Foundation and Evenescent Mustang Rescue and Sanctuary.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Diane T.:"Beautiful lighted work of art that touches the heart - The nightlight is absolutely b...
04/21/2020
Dog Art Night-Light ~ Dharma Diamond

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Diane T.:

"Beautiful lighted work of art that touches the heart - The nightlight is absolutely beautiful... a little illuminated work of art. It arrived quickly and very nicely packaged. It makes me sad to think of all those wonderful dogs who never got the chance for a loving forever home...I cried when first viewing the portraits on the website, especially all the lost pitties, who account for more of the dogs in shelters and who have the least chance of making it out. I'm the human for 2 rescued pitties I adore and spoil... wish I could save more, and I'm so happy to support this awesome organization that is doing their best to raise awareness and save shelter dogs. I have tremendous admiration for the huge effort they are making, and the artwork is such a unique idea...it makes a powerful statement and touches the heart in a way nothing else can. We need more compassion and education so that those dogs did not die in vain...we let them down, those dogs had more love for us than we did for them. So while it's sad, it's also a moving tribute to each dog who didn't make it out of the shelter and through this amazing art we are now giving them a home in spirit. I hope more people become aware of An Act of Dog (great name), so everyone please spread the word. I plan to buy more artwork from them."

https://anactofdog.org/products/night-light-roxy

It's time to light up your life and remember the forgotten shelter dogs! Buy them to beautify your home, illuminate your kid's room, kitchen, hallway, pet area, or give as gifts for the holidays, birthdays, anniversary, baby shower, weddings, etc. Our fine art night lights make the perfect gift for....

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"Artists have a powerful medium for reporting on the consciousness of our current civilization and can paint visual records of the unpalatable realities of our time. The aim is to move the viewer to feel those realities and engage them in a dialogue towards recovering our lost humanity." ~ AAOD

Seeking Animal Angels! Right now, 5500 portraits of forgotten souls sit alone in a cold, dark storage locker, wondering if their lives ever mattered.

You can change that by opening up your heart & home and belonging to our collector's circle...for as little as a $1-a day!

Angels, click here for more info: https://anactofdog.org/pag…/own-a-dog-portrait-from-the-5500


Comments

Mark Barone, A kind family member would like to make a donation by personal check to An Act of Dog. What is the mailing address? Thank you Mark
Art should stir the heart, pinch the conscience and make humanity realize that all life is family...some woof, some speak in different languages, some talk in birdsong, some bleat, some nicker, but all life is important and sacred and must be allowed to live out their natural lives surrounded by respect, kindness, compassion......one earth, one family!
From Costa Rica...Happy Holidays to both of you; thank you for all you do/give on behalf of the animals♥
Hi! What is the timeframe for a custom dog portrait? THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
❗️ Please sign and share this NEW petition ❗️ ⚠️This is the ONLY official petition that triggers consideration of a government debate on Breed Specific Legislation ⚠️ WE NEED ALL DOGS FREE FROM THE BANNED BREED LIST. Following on from the recent EFRA enquiry into the Dangerous Dogs Act, we must keep pressure on for changes for dogs judged solely by how they look! Please help us get to 100k signatures. UK Citizens or anyone resident in the UK can sign. You MUST click on the confirmation mail for your signature to be valid. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/223784 💛 Thank you 💛 #borninnocent #endBSL
pleas can I gat that job of acting
Yesterday was able catch the story on PBS- of course was crying by the time it ended. I volunteer with a local rescue here in our small town of Pinedale Wy and we try to do as much as we can. Money isnt the answer, its a mindset. Thats where the money or more accurately, the lack of it, comes into play. We have taken in dogs a few years back from out of state, and this year we just rehomed 5. But I know we could do more if we could start out with a better playing field! But will keep doing what we can and just wanted to thank you for everything you are doing. I know its hard and sad.
This just arrived today. I am so happy I absolutely love it. Gracie and I thank you so much Mark Barone for all you do. The world is a much better place for having you and your extraordinary talent, artistry, and compassion in it.
Got back from vacation and Roxy was waiting patiently by the door as hoped she would be. What a great print. I've framed her and am now deciding the best place to put her. Thank-you for all that you do
Mark, I can not tell you how amazing this portrait of Chico is. I want to thank you for such an incredible piece and the studies are amazing as well. I am so happy that I get to see him again every day in this amazing piece you created. You nailed it, as you did with Ian, and I can not thank you enough. Thank you for all you do, for the dogs as well as for people.
Art for a cause . . watching An Act of Dog . . so sad to hear about so many dogs . . thinking about my Gia this would be another cause